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Some Tips and Tricks for Illustrator


In this post I am sharing some useful tricks that I figured out inadvertently. It feels great when you suddenly find quick ways which improve your performance. While playing with the Brush Stroke I find the easy way to reverse the direction of a stroke. Similarly I found the quick way to get back to the Selection Tool. These simple discoveries encourage me to explore more in illustrator and I found more of them later on. So here are some of them explained below for your convenience. Hope it will be new and helpful to you.


Selection Tool

Do you know that you can get Selection Tool, Direct Selection Tool or Group Selection Tool frequently while using some other tools? For example, you have selected the Rectangle Tool in the Tool Box and you have drawn some rectangles in the artboard. Then you need to select one particular rectangle to change its fill color. What you have to do is press Ctrl and hold it, your cursor will change into Selection Tool although the Rectangle Tool is selected in Tool Box. You don’t need to select the Selection Tool for it. You will get the last used Selection Tool when you press Ctrl.


I found it very helpful while creating Photorealistic Vector Images. I have to switch frequently between Mesh Tool and Direct Selection Tool in the process where the Ctrl key helped me lot.


Reverse Brush Stroke

What if you have to reverse the brush stroke in your artwork without changing its shape? For example, you have drawn a curve using Pen Tool and applied an Art Brush on it. Now you have to change its direction without affecting its shape. To do so, reselect the path and select the Pen Tool. Then move the cursor at the endpoint of the path. When you hover the cursor over the endpoint a forward slash will appear. Then click it and the path will change its direction.


Combining Text Boxes


You can combine many scattered Text Boxes into single Text Box just by copying and pasting. If you got different Text Boxes copied from different sources and have to make a single paragraph, this trick can be helpful to you. What you have to do is, first copy all the Text Boxes you need to combine. Then create a new Area Text Box using Text Tool and paste it. All the text will flow in new Area Text Box in the stacking order in which they have been copied. The best thing is the non-text element won’t be pasted if you copied them accidently.